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Old 11-24-2011, 10:24 AM   #11
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My question is: will I run into major wear and tear on tires, wheels, or fenders?
The front struts would get some additional wear, but all things considered a good trade off.
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(1) You'll notice the speed limit in CA with chains is 25-30 mph. Driving faster will make it more likely the chains fly out and strike the car. (2) even on the tractor, screaming along at 6.82 mph, we found we could usually take up at least one more link after a few minutes of operation; if it's safe you may want to pull over and check adjust the tightness after a couple of miles.
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Use cable chains as well.
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Old 11-27-2011, 01:36 PM   #14
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Thanks for all the comments. Unfortunately snow tires, or studded tires wont work because the drive between spokane, portland, and San diego has mainly Highway miles. I went with some heavy duty snow chains that have 12mm links. I will definately use the idea of tightening the chains after driving for a litttle while. Also, I have purchased an extra set of tensioners just in case.
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Old 10-17-2012, 04:02 PM   #15
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2012 Focus Titanium Tire chains

I called our local Les Schwab and they advised to check the owners manual, which I did, it does not provide a recommended size for the 215/50 R17's.

Anyone found a suitable size chain for the 17's?
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Old 04-21-2013, 04:54 PM   #17
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I received the same reply from Les Schwab. Kind of wonder what was going through the salesman's head when I told him of the travel needs for my job in OR, WA, ID, MT, WY???
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I'd say the salesman was counting the commission on the Titanium Edition Focus, not worrying about how you'd get around in the Winter!

I'm not current on all the optional sizes for the '13's, but I THINK 16" is the smallest Std. size avail..

A set of those, with appropriate size Winter tires, should get you through MOST of the Winter driving you face. And you should be able to get chains to fit those to carry so you're "legal" where required. Going on through the pass when USE of chains is required would be at your discretion. (More than one Truck sits it out for a bit until the "chain law" lights go out as the road is cleared...)

Laws on the use of chains vary by state, year, and type of vehicle from what I've seen, & can change by the minute depending on current conditions in some cases.

In the few times I've been over the passes in the Winter myself, I've managed to avoid "throwing iron" - though I had to buy enough chains to be "legal" just in case!

Hope some 'Locals" from the states involved comment, at least you have some time to plan for next year at this point.

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I'm not current on all the optional sizes for the '13's, but I THINK 16" is the smallest Std. size avail..
15" is allowed. From the MKIII owners manual (non ST)...

Use SAE Class S chains with 195/65R15 or 215/55R16 tires only; do not use tire chains with any other size tires.
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If you don't understand how this works on the west coast, please stop telling us about snow tires. In California we barely ever need chains or snow tires but if we do, they are enforced by the highway patrol. Nobody in California who doesn't live in Tahoe has snow tires. I've been trying to find out for a while if anyone has used chains and all I hear about is snow tires. If somebody does know about whether you can run chains(cables) on an mk1 with 195+ tire width. Their input would be greatly appreciated.
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